Egypt punishes train-disaster 'selfie medics'

Officials and emergency personnel remove the wreckage of a collision between two trains on August 11, 2017 near Khorshid station in Alexandria. Photo: Khaled Desouki / AFP

CAIRO - Egypt's Health Ministry has punished six medics who took selfies in front of a deadly train wreck by transferring them to a remote part of the country.

Two trains collided on Friday near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, killing 41 people in one of the deadliest such accidents in the country.

Pictures of an ambulance crew taking selfie pictures in front the wreckage sparked anger on social media, with one Twitter user posting a photograph with a hashtag reading: "conscience in a coma".

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Dubbed the "Selfie Medics" by Twitter users, they faced calls for punishment on social media.

The Health Ministry's director of emergency services, Ahmed al-Ansari, told AFP six members of the ambulance crew had been transferred to the western Siwa oasis as punishment.

It was "inappropriate conduct", he said.

Egypt's ambulance services had been hailed in the country in the past for their often dangerous jobs tending to demonstrators during the Arab Spring protests of 2011 and the violent aftermath.


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